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Ella Fitzgerald
(b. 4/25/18 - Newport News, VA    d. 6/10/96 - Beverly Hills, CA)

Title: Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Song Book
Personnel: Ella (vocals), featuring the Buddy Bregman Orchestra
Recorded: 1956
Label: Verve
Comments: When Ella won a talent contest in the early 1930's in Harlem, the world was introduced to a natural born gem of a musician. Starting with her first gig with the great big band drummer, Chick Webb, Ella went on to legendary status. Not only loved by the general public, but respected with awe by her fellow musicians, Ella's tone was just superb. Additionally, her scatting ability could rival that of any great instrumentalist!
Title: Ella Fitzgerald Sings the George Gershwin Song Book
Personnel: Ella (vocals), featuring the Nelson Riddle Orchestra
Recorded: 1959
Label: Verve
Comments: Like the Cole Porter Song Book above, Ella made a whole series devoted to the "Great American Songbook." These are just superb recordings, documenting one of America's great ladies of swing!

Title: Rhythm Is My Business
Personnel: Ella (vocals), Bill Doggett (organ, arranger, conductor), and his orchestra featuring Phil Woods (alto sax), George Duvivier (bass), Gus Johnson (drum), and Hang Jones (piano).
Recorded: 1962
Label: Verve
Comments: This CD is unique in that it features the great organ player, Bill Doggett, both as player and arranger. A wonderful recording, Rhythm Is My Business is slightly off the beaten track with regard to notoriety, but nevertheless a necessity for any serious Ella Fitzgerald collector.

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